Father-Daughter Relationships In Romeo And Juliet

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In this essay I will be looking at the portrayal of father/daughter relationships in 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Pride and Prejudice'. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare, set in Verona, Italy and written in 1597. 'Romeo and Juliet' is a play About two star-crossed lovers who reconcile despite the feud between their families. 'Pride and Prejudice' is a novel written by Jane Austen published in 1813 which follows Elizabeth Bennet and her family as they struggle with issues on marriage, social status, wealth and morality. Both stories show themes of patriarchy due to the context of the times which reflect and contrast on the father/daughter relationships in both stories. 'Romeo and Juliet' is written as a play so it's…show more content…
He does this as he believes Juliet is too young to marry. A quote that shows this is, 'My child is yet a stranger in the world'. This shows he thinks his daughter is still naïve and hasn't experienced enough yet to be married; she's too innocent. This shows that he does care about the welfare of Juliet and her future. This is similar to 'Pride and Prejudice' in which, Mr Bennet is concerned about Elizabeth's reason for marriage, rather than just marrying her off for money and social status, he asks her (in response to Darcy's proposal), '… But will he make you happy?'. This would be interesting for the context as fathers would want to marry their children off quicker so they had a male to pass their property/wealth on to. From this I can tell that Capulet and Juliet have a somewhat decent relationship. Alternatively it could show that he is possessive over Juliet and wants to keep her home for himself. However it may also show how in charge he is, arranging her marriage and showing dominance over her life. This would be normal for social context as it was the fathers job to chose who was a match for their daughter as they were the dominant sex and all decisions would come down for them to decide. Language features in this scene are that Capulet speaks in rhyme when he says 'Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a
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